Reading Music -- practical help?
- Subject: Reading Music -- practical help?
- From: "Jp Pagan" <coquiblues@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003 20:13:37 +0000
well, i for one believe in the benefits of reading music. i'm not afraid it
will turn me into a soulless automaton and i certainly don't think that just
because i'm a harp player i should do like the old joke says and "forget the
changes man, just blow!"
in fact, last night i had my first session with other musicians, guys i
don't know. the one thing they all had in common is they could read the
charts. not me. nobody thought that was a problem because, as the lowly
primitive harmonica player, it's cool if i just wing it, but i for one would
have liked to know what was going on without having to ask the guitar or
piano player to bang out the head for me a couple of times before we start
(everyone else just knew it -- it's on the chart, dummy!).
that said... can anyone recommend a book or CDs or video that will teach me
music theory, how to read the staffs, and what the charts mean? (by charts i
mean like ones with just the chords, without the melody notes, and, in one
case, there was a regular-looking staff, but instead of notes on it there
were numbers where the notes would be. i didn't understand that at all!).
while it isn't something i desperately need to learn right now, i figure
there's no time like the present.
help much appreciated,
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